How BYOD Can Empower your Small Business


It’s often argued that small and medium-sized businesses are central to economic growth, and this is certainly borne out by the statistics.

After all, SMEs accounted for 99.9% of all private sector businesses at the beginning of 2017, while these companies also employed a cumulative total of 16.1 million staff members in the UK.

In the modern age, successful SMEs have relied on the cultivation of an agile business models, although many have remained reluctant to embrace the principles of bring-your-own-device (or BYOD to you and me).

This allows employees to use their own smartphones, laptops and devices in the workplace, as part of a secure, wireless network. While the shift towards BYOD may seem intimidating for SMEs, however, it can also revolutionise the ways in which your employees collaborate and empower commercial growth in the digital age. Here’s how:

  1. Save Money and Reduce Start-up Costs

The failure rate for SMEs in the UK remains relatively high, with one of the biggest challenges revolving around inflated start-up costs.

Embracing BYOD can help to negate this issue, however, by transferring all purchase and operating costs directly to employees. This not only reduces the initial outlay on hardware, but it also minimises monthly operational costs and contributes significantly towards a lean and agile business model.

These short and long-term savings can have a significant bearing on businesses financial performance, particularly during the formative years when an estimated 50% SMEs are thought to fail.

  1. Access Better Technology, and Alleviate the Burden on IT

In the modern age, businesses such as fonehouse have built their success on offering premium technology and mobile handsets at competitive prices. As a result of this, most smartphone users now have access to a high quality handset and tablet device, while even those with a contemporary feature phone can enjoy a wide range of capabilities.

By leveraging BYOD, you can ensure that your employees have access to the very best mobile devices, which in turn contributes to more efficient collaboration and higher levels of productivity (more on this later).

This also places far less stress on your IT department, as contemporary devices are more reliable and easier to repair on the rare occasions that they encounter faults. Similarly, individual staff members are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their devices, so most issues would be dealt with externally.

  1. Increase Engagement in the Workplace

We’ve already touched on how BYOD can improve your employees’ productivity, and it can actually achieve this in more ways than one.

Firstly, employees are likely to be more comfortable when using their own devices, enabling them to work quickly and in a more efficient manner.

Secondly, employees are more inclined to work outside of the office when using their own devices, while responsiveness is increased as SMEs explore more accessible ways of connecting away from the workplace.

More specifically, your staff members are increasingly likely to answer emails from home, which in turns creates time to complete more complex tasks during the typical working day.



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